Tuesday, 29 October 2013

First Scottish screening of Michael Jackson documentary

“My name really is Michael Jackson; but I don’t sing, and I don’t drink Pepsi. I drink beer. That’s what I do for a living. I travel the world, sampling different brews and writing about the ones that I’ve enjoyed. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.”

I can’t be the only one for whom the words spoken at the beginning of Michael Jackson’s TV series The Beer Hunter in 1990 were the beginning of a life-long interest in beer.

At this year’s Glasgow Beer Week starting this weekend, we will be showing the new American documentary “The Beer Hunter” (not the earlier TV series of the same name). Film-maker J.R. Richards accompanied Michael Jackson on several trips, beginning in 2004, and much of the footage in this film is being seen for the first time.

Even better, Allan McLean, former beer columnist of The Scotsman and long-serving member alongside Michael of the British Guild of Beer Writers, will be joining us to introduce the film and say a few words about Michael’s work.

This is only the second screening of the film in the UK and the first in Scotland. I am quite chuffed to have been involved in bringing this film over, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Parkinsons UK, which seemed appropriate as Michael suffered from it in the last years of his life.

Tickets are available here.

2 comments:

  1. We watched it at my homebrew club last month, thoroughly enjoyable documentary.

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  2. Any idea when the film might be shown, here in South East England?

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